Becoming a member

We are delighted that you are considering joining Marconi Sailing Club (MSC) and applying to join could not be simpler. Membership is open to all – you do not need to have a Marconi connection. We welcome members of all ages – you can join as:

  • a Single or Family member
  • a Retired Single or Retired Family member
  • a Young Adult member

The Membership Application Form is mostly self-explanatory and there are guidance notes on the last page but please e-mail or call our membership secretary if anything is unclear. View our membership prices. Whether you want to race or cruise, in dinghies catamarans or windsurfers, or maybe kayak and paddle board – there’s something for you at Marconi. Even if you don’t have a boat there are usually opportunities to crew for someone on a regular or one-off basis. We also have a wide range of club boats available for members to use.

The Marconi social scene….

Social life is an important part of club membership and you’ll be invited to events ranging from barn dances, karaoke nights, quiz nights to our formal dinner dance held at the end of each season. In August each year, camping fortnight sees many club members spending a week or two living at the club – a truly carnival atmosphere. This is combined with our famous cadet week where the kids and adults get tuition from the more experienced sailors.

Come down for a visit and see for yourself…

You really must come and visit us! We are easy to find and the drive to Stansgate is a pleasant one. You’ll find directions and a map on the how to find us page. Drive slowly down the access road and you may be rewarded with a glimpse of our local rare breed cattle. Allow enough time for a walk along the sea wall. On Sundays during our main season you can buy an excellent snack and a hot drink from our Galley – or bring a picnic and enjoy the lovely scenery. You may also find a warm welcome at our snug Mamgu Bar – once you have signed in as a guest. Most importantly, perhaps, you need to meet some members. Sunday is our most active day – although members are using the site every day of the week – and so is a very good time to see everything that goes on and to meet people. Either turn up and ask to speak to the Officer of the Day, who will tell you all you need to know and make some introductions. Or contact our website administrator by e-mail and we will arrange for one of the team to meet you on site.

Our approach to running the club…

We pride ourselves on being a self-help club and we have no employed staff (other than cleaners), so everyone mucks in and helps with what needs to be done. There’s usually a working party at each end of the sailing season to keep the clubhouse and site in good condition. Members also get involved by manning our safety boats, helping with our on the water training, or any one of the many roles that are vital to keeping a vibrant sailing club running.

Cruiser moorings

Our location and facilities are popular; if you require a deep water mooring for any sort of yacht it will probably be necessary to join the club in order to gain a position on the waiting list. Moorings Secretary, Peter Clayton will be pleased to advise on the availability of moorings on 01621 772841 or write to him at

Motor vessels and trailer-sailers

We are most definitely a sailing club and, as such, we don’t allow jet-skis, sports boats or any other type of motor boat to be launched from the club. For safety reasons we don’t allow trailer-sailers to be launched from a towing vehicle at the club. Smaller sailing cruisers can usually be accommodated on shallow water moorings (our Moorings Secretary, see above, will be delighted to discuss this option with anyone interested). We have an electric winch which allows the launching of heavier trailer-sailer style boats in safety so if you have a heavier boat that you don’t want to leave on a mooring – again call Peter Clayton for advice.

How to join

Please print off and complete the Application Form and send it to with the appropriate fees to the address shown on page 4 of the form. If you need any sort of advice or assistance you are welcome to e-mail or telephone us using the below details. Marconi Sailing Club is a great Club with excellent sailing facilities and friendly membership. We look forward to welcoming you.

Membership Secretary: Mike Turner
Phone: 01223 891925
View our membership prices or view and download a membership application form